The Painted Ladies

I was looking back to a trip I took out to San Francisco last year and this image just seemed to stand out.  I thought I would re-share this image for my blog viewers who have never seen The Painted Ladies.

The Painted Ladies are Victorian houses built back in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. The term, Painted Ladies was used to describe Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians. This set of Victorian homes are located next to Alamo Square Park on Steiner Street.

Some of you may remember scenes from the sitcom, Full House done on the grass in front of these houses. I think that’s how I first became familiar with these homes. Another factoid, if you go further down on Steiner Street you can see the house that was in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire.

The Painted Ladies: Victorian homes at Alamo Square in San Francisco, California with the San Francisco skyline.
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  • I’ve never seen this shot. Thanks for sharing it again. It’s lovely.

  • The light here is just beautiful Rick, really wonderful shot man!

  • Beautiful shot here, Rick. Love the architectural style of those Victorian houses.

  • Nice contrast of structures here, old and new. I must get to San Fran at some point, it looks such a great City.

  • I remember Mrs Doubtfire’s streetQ. The quality in this shot (when enlarged) is superb. I like the contrast with the modern buildings in the distance – a respectful distance too.

  • Finally catching up with everyone. I love this spot…I think it would be pretty interesting to live here.

  • Haha, I just had a flashback to my childhood sitting on the couch watching Full House 🙂 Nice work buddy!